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Just north of Phoenix in Papago Park, you'll stumble into a 140-acre botanical garden wonderland. The Desert Botanical Garden is a popular space for visitors to capture beautiful photographs and explore exotic plants. The garden is filled with various trails leading you to breathtaking views of the mountains and wildflowers and through tall cacti forest. You can also enjoy various events and exhibits in the garden. Some popular ones include the monarch butterfly migration to the state every late fall/ early winter.
The garden's origin is rooted in conservation. Initially, it was inspired by local citizens who were passionate about “saving the desert." In 1936, they formed the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society (ACNFS) which launched the Desert Botanical Garden in 1939. The garden is one of 24 botanical gardens that have been accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Today, the garden is filled with 50,000 enchanting plants, with one-third of them native to the area. There are 379 species that are rare, threatened or endangered! Who doesn't want to snag a photograph of something so scarce and extraordinary? There is also a rich collection of agave and cacti, perfect to pose in front of! Since you are exploring a garden, it is important to remember to bring a cool pair of sunglasses and a hat to protect you from the heat, as well as wear a pair of comfortable shoes.
[Cover photo cred: Josh Schoenwald via licensed under CC BY 2.0]